Barrie Baycats spring training is underway!
Spring training is officially in season! The 7x Dominico Cup Champion Barrie Baycats are wasting no time getting prepped for the upcoming 2022 Intercounty Baseball League Season. The Cats last played in September during the 2021 IBL playoff semifinals. As a result, the Toronto Maple Leafs ended the Baycats’ six-year dynasty run as champs in a best-of-three series.
That’s all in the past now. The Baycats are getting an early start on training, maximizing the use of the team’s new indoor practice facility. Additionally, the Cats have partnered with Barrie Minor Baseball, gaining valuable training space in the process.
The Baycats look towards the future with hopeful optimism under the leadership of new President Josh Matlow. Players were excited to be there and had long-awaited a return to action. In particular, the prospect of an uninterrupted baseball season on the horizon had future Baycats stars raring to go.
In this case, the crack of the bats, the whoosh of the ball, and the rush of the atmosphere were all clear reminders of why Baycats baseball is worth getting excited about – even in February!
New year, new team
Baycats fans have many new names and faces to learn during the upcoming season. Walking around the facility and meeting the players was a good preview of what’s to come. This Baycats club is rich in untapped talent and possesses a strong, winning culture.
Notable returns for the 2022 IBL season include 6’6” right-handed pitcher Juan Benitez. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Washington Nationals professional team in 2012 and the Miami Marlins in 2017. Moreover, Benitez, who now resides in Orillia, brings a wealth of experience and an invaluable arm to the Baycats’ starting rotation.
As we inch our way towards the season opener, expect to learn more about your 2022 Barrie Baycats. Additionally, the team’s community-driven efforts aim to bridge the gap between the fans and players. With that in mind, fans can get hyped for a fun-filled campaign. And boy, have we missed Baycats baseball!